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How can Clouds Help Keep the Air Warmer?


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    Colorado State University

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How can Clouds Help Keep the Air Warmer?

In this activity, learners explore how air warms when it condenses water vapor or makes clouds. To see this in action, learners use their hands and breath to examine how evaporation cools things and condensation warms them. To further prove the point, learners will conduct the same experiment with a rubber glove and show how the presence of moisture affects condensation. Use this activity to introduce learners to energy transformation in air and the science of the atmosphere.

Quick Guide


Preparation Time:
Under 5 minutes

Learning Time:
5 to 10 minutes

Estimated Materials Cost:
1 cent - $1 per student

Age Range:
Ages 8 - 18

Resource Types:
Activity, Experiment/Lab Activity, Lesson/Lesson Plan

Language:
English

Materials List (per student)


  • Latex or nitrile glove

Subjects


  • Earth and Space Science
    • Earth Processes
      • Weather and Climate
    • Earth Structure
      • Atmosphere
  • Life Sciences
    • Human Body
  • Physical Sciences
    • Heat and Thermodynamics
      • Heat and Temperature
      • Heat Transfer
      • Thermodynamics and Entropy
    • Energy
    • States of Matter
      • Liquids
      • Gases
      • Changes of Phase
  • The Nature of Science
    • The Scientific Process
      • Conducting Investigations
      • Formulating Explanations

Audience


Learning styles supported:

  • Involves hands-on or lab activities

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